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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141342501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141342504
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun 2012
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I have for many years steered away from reading and reviewing YA books, My son is grown, as are most of my nephews and nieces. But then I became a granddad, and suddenly I rediscovered a need to become part of that world, knowing what's good out there so I can make sure I provide the right books and good books for my granddaughter to read, to help give her a love for reading.

Does The Chronicles of the Egg "Deadweather and Sunrise" live up to the exciting cover art? Yes I was very happy to discover it did. A little bit of historical flavour (no particular accurate place but just the feel and objects, a pseudo 18th / 19th century British Empire)
Egg (real name Egbert) lives his story in a funny likeable way, and in a way that lacks any self pity for his circumstances or the things life throws at him, a great lesson for kids today, tailor that with the very dry sense of humour that the author (Rodkey) seems to have and which he lets permeate the book. His world building which is so important for Fantasy is excellent, delivered to grow with the imagination rather than lumpy sections of information dumping.

I for one am looking forward to the next instalment, and really do recommend this for all ages.

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DEADWEATHER, a sweaty little pirate-infested island, is home to EGG, thirteen years old and prey to a pair of cruel and stupid older siblings.
But when Egg's family disappears in a freak accident, he finds himself living on SUNRISE island with the glamorous Pembroke family and their feisty daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.
Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.
Suddenly, Egg is lost in a world of cutthroat pirates and powerful villains. Only Millicent - and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy - can help him as he hurtles into the deadliest adventure of his life . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Seaver on 31 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Suspenseful and fun and heartwarming. Guts, Egg, Pembroke, Venus, Adonis - great characters and stories. Loved it. This is definitely a cross-over book for adults too, the way Princess Bride was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By This Guy You Know on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Despite its unwieldy name, "Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise" is fast-paced and funny, with a constantly twisting story set in an offbeat and inventive world.

Also, it has pirates.

This is the first volume in a series, and while it tells a complete and satisfying story in itself, it leaves a lot of questions for future volumes to answer. I'm holding off on giving it that last star until Mr. Rodkey writes the next couple books and I see whether they're as satisfying as this one.

But in the meantime: Funny. Fast paced. Has pirates. How can you go wrong?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coach Shawn on 13 July 2012
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Picked it up and couldn't put it down. Pacing was great, lots of twists and turns and the characters were each very unique. Can't wait for the second installment!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Thomas on 30 July 2012
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I read this with my 10-year-old daughter. At bedtime we read a chapter each night, which is why it took us longer than usual to finish the book. Egg is a wonderful character: sensible, intelligent, resourceful and plucky; but what I particularly liked about him was that he was also unsure of himself and very human. All of the characters were well-drawn, and although many of them were pretty abhorrent personalities, they were complex - not all good, and not all bad, and sometimes appearing to be one when they were in fact the opposite. The pacing was great, and many nights my daughter was sad that the chapter had come to an end as we wanted to know what came next. Guts and Quint were also favorites. As a very small criticism, I do wish that there were some better/more female characters, as Millicent, despite being the heroine, is fairly repellent as a person to start with (spoiled, bossy, arrogant) but she does redeem herself quite cleverly at the end, so I can see how she is evolving for the better and I look forward to the positive evolution of this in the next two books. I am also curious to learn more about Mrs Pembroke who I don't think is as bad as Millicent thinks she is! However my daughter did not point this out, this is just me imposing my adult/parent view on things. Interestingly, my daughter did not like the idea of Egg being smitten with Millicent at first sight...she thought this was just a bit silly...overall, though, we really enjoyed the book, which is beautifully written and conceived and we look forward to the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susana MacLean on 13 July 2012
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I bought this book for my kids, but before they got to it, I picked it up out of curiosity. I was HOOKED! It is action-packed, funny, and features a terrific, thoughtful hero, a smart, brave heroine, and a whole lot of pirates. The story is fast-paced and exciting. At the same time the characters are so well-described, and the dialogue is so well-written,that I had no trouble imagining what each person looked and sounded like. Rodkey has conjured up a fascinating, lively, colorful world of characters.

The hero, Egg, is a courageous, intrepid, interesting kid who has real self-knowledge and thinks through his actions toward others and tries to do the honorable thing under almost-impossible circumstances. I also like that Egg, having been abused all his life, has compassion for the underdog and the downtrodden. He sees through the pretensions of the powerful and empathizes with those who are exploited.

I LOVE the heroine, Millicent. There are so few good, strong, female characters in children's literature, who aren't princesses or cute or looking to be rescued, while Millicent is intelligent and willing to fight for herself and for those she cares about.

This book is excellent reading for kids 9 and up, and for precocious younger readers, but adults will devour it, too. Note: there is some violence of the man-thrown-overboard, stabbed-by-a-pirate, or pushed-off-a-mountain kind, but it is less frightening than anything in Harry Potter. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Buy it for your kids, your kids' friends (it's a great birthday gift), nieces and nephews, grandkids, etc. Just don't be surprised if you have to harass them to STOP READING it, because it's impossible to put down! I can't wait for Book Two!
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